Born: December 26, 1961 Primary Instrument: Trumpet
Jeff Kaiser has played professionally with many different groups and individuals on television, film, radio, and in concert halls throughout the United States. He is the recipient of numerous grants, honors and awards. He is a thirteen-time recipient of the Individual Artist Fellowship from the City of Ventura and a three-time recipient of the Forum of the Arts Grant administered by the Ventura County Museum of History and Art. He has received critical praise in numerous publications throughout the world. In addition to composing, he is well known in creative music circles as a trumpet player, performing with Eugene Chadbourne, The Michael Vlatkovich Brass Trio, Brad Dutz, The Motor Totemist Guild, Headless Household, The Vinny Golia Large Ensemble, Dan Plonsey and the Human Behavio Orchestra, The Los Angeles Trumpet Quartet, The Kreative Orchestra of Los Angeles, as well as his own ensembles including his large group: The Jeff Kaiser Ockodektet. He is the founder and co-director of the Ventura New Music Concert Series, founder and co-editor of the NewCreativeMusic.com, and owner of the pfMENTUM record label and its subsidiary Angry Vegan Records. He has released eleven CDs as leader/co-leader and has also appeared on CDs by Headless Household, The Motor Totemist Guild, Eugene Chadbourne, The Gove County Philharmonic, The Vinny Golia Large Ensemble, and others. He did the musical score and sound effects for the award-winning independent film by Ted Mills, Nowhereland. Nowhereland has been featured at film festivals in Iceland, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, England, Canada and festivals throughout the United States. The title work of his CD Ganz Andere was performed at the opening concert of the 1999 National Conference of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States at San Jose State University. Templum-Tempus, also on Ganz Andere, was a runner-up in the PALMARES du 26e Concours International de Musique Electroacoustique, Bourges, France - 1999. Television trumpet performance credits include the HBO series Deadwood. He has been a visiting artist/lecturer positions at Roosevelt University (Chicago, Illinois), Westmont College (Santa Barbara, CA), California Institute of the Arts (Valencia, CA) and California Lutheran University (Thousand Oaks, CA). He has taught workshops at various locations including the Museum of Contemporary Art (San Diego, CA). He is a former music director for the Ojai Camerata. He is one of the founding (and current) members of the Los Angeles Trumpet Quartet.